Barraderragh House, The Avenue, Mulgannon, Wexford City Asking Price: €595,000 Agent: Kehoe & Associates (053) 9114493
You’d be hard pressed to find a more vacation-friendly home to enjoy a sunny summer in the Southeast than Baraderagh House, located in Mulgain on the south side of Wexford Town.
Barraderagh is within driving distance of not only Wexford’s famous sandy beaches and all of the county’s great day trip tourist destinations; It also comes with a solar-heated, 30-foot outdoor swimming pool, complete with canopy slide over, a substantial outdoor hot tub, and sauna. And a basement game room that includes a pool table, table tennis, and computer game station completes the picture.
There is also a hidden access hatch for children’s use that runs from one side to a cupboard in the hall, down the staircase and into the game room hidden away.
Aedin Hassett bought the home in 2018 and he combined all of these great vacations for a very good reason.
Formerly living near Rosslare with their three children, Aidan and her husband Aidan were running a fire safety supply business when tragedy struck.
In the week when their youngest son Ruari was ready to have his dinner, Aidan was killed in an accident. And the family went into shock.
After the funeral and some time had elapsed, Edin made a well-informed decision. She realized that the impact of losing their father was something that would affect their children for many years to come.
So she resolved to create a home environment for all that could best help the family (myself included) overcome their grief. He needed to find a sanctuary.
So he decided to sell the family home that had a lot of memories.
“I wanted to make a fresh start for all of us, but without leaving the county. We found Baraderagh House off a lovely leafy and peaceful avenue in Mulgain, downtown Wexford. The birds were singing and it felt like a sanctuary. ,
The owners, whose children had raised the nest, had built a new home on the land and would be the Hassets’ new neighbors.
“There was a big concrete cellar there and he told me that when his kids were growing up they were always hanging out there.”
Edin agreed to the sale and agreed to secure his recovery.
She did her best to help convert the basement into an inviting games room for three kids, set up a pool table, table tennis, and help create that ‘secret’ hatch.
She also felt that outdoor activity and quality time together were essential to what she wanted. And she wanted her children to learn to swim.
“So I balked at the idea of getting a swimming pool. I started researching how it all worked, the cost of everything, and where to get it. I found that actually installing a pool did as much Wasn’t as expensive as I thought. In fact it worked about the same as pouring into a conservatory.
“I found a company in Belgium and had the parts and raw materials shipped to me, filters, seals, etc. Pallet required a forklift to move it.
“I called builders to start over. In the meantime I went online looking for a pool cover and found a great version that simply slides back and forth to seal the pool when not in use. It lets you see water and lights at night.
“By buying it directly from China instead of its European agent in the UK, I actually saved two thirds of its total cost. We put in a bank of twelve solar panels, specially designed for the Irish climate, to reduce heating costs. And once the sun comes out, the water heats up.”
The hot tub was set up for the purpose of family relaxation. “Every night we all go to the hot tub and chat before we go to sleep. And the feeling of comfort makes everyone sleepy. We all nod easily with no problem.”
And she says the sauna also proved relatively inexpensive. “It’s really just a kit with wooden boards. I’d recommend anyone looking into this.”
Then came the Kovid 19 lockdown. “I was surprised by how much the kids used that pool. Every day it was splashing and screaming and fun and games. And I use it every day for aqua aerobics on YouTube — for my special time.”
“They also used that game room to compete with each other with pool and table tennis during lockdown. A work colleague would come around to me and teach my daughter Evin how to swim on Saturdays.
“The benefit to all of them was that once they learned to swim, having a pool to play with at all times made them really strong swimmers.”
Edin believes that Baraderagh House has done its job supremely in the three years since they moved in.
“Maybe it’s hydrotherapy. We focused on the fun at home and our chats in the hot tub. Now Sean is 14, Ruari is 12, and Evin is 8, and despite our great loss, my Happy kids.”
So now the family is moving south again to Waterford where Edin’s twin sister lives. “My other sisters are also within reach of Waterford and I want my kids to mix with all their cousins. Then it’s time to sell. ,
In addition to a swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, and games room, accommodation includes a stormtrooper veranda with graceful pillars that leads to a marble-tiled hall and an arched window overlooking the front gardens. Here is where the double hatch door leads to the basement.
Follow the hall and two steps down to the sitting room which is L-shaped and on a split level. There is a wooden floor and open fire with exposed brick details and sliding doors that lead to a large courtyard.
The kitchen/dining is also L-shaped and features granite worktops and splashbacks, a double drainer sink and a neat oven, steam oven, and ceramic hob. French doors lead to the patio.
There is a living room with wood floors and a Stowax fireplace and French doors to the patio.
There is a cloakroom, utility room, guest toilet, a family bathroom with Triton shower. The master bedroom has en-suite doors with a Hydromax shower. In total there are five bedrooms.
Edin says that she will definitely install a pool in her next house. “Because now I have to learn to swim!” Kehoe & Associates requests €595,000 for the house.